When it comes to wedding planning, one of my favorite details to discuss is music! Let’s just say I had a wedding playlist planned out long before I was engaged… but that’s another story. I recently worked with a couple who used this song as their recessional and even cued the music to begin playing before they were pronounced so that as the music built up, they kissed right at the climax! It was beautiful and sweet and it really got me thinking about how unique recessional songs can be.I asked the ladies of Chancey Charm for their favorite ceremony exit songs and here s what they said:
Sarah Chancey’s current favorite is “Gone, Gone, Gone” by Phillip Phillips. If you are wanting to go the traditional route, she loves anything performed by a string quartet. For instrumental covers of pretty much any song ever created, check out Vitamin String Quartet.
Marisa Negri gushed that music speaks to her soul! It’s no wonder she chose such an upbeat and joyful song like “You Are The Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne. Marisa feels like you can’t help but celebrate when you hear this song and marrying someone is telling them that they are the best and most important person in your life!
Jehnel Oboza is enamored by The Rolling Stones‘ “Wild Horses” simply because the lyrics are so beautiful. The Stones might be known for their rock hits, but this song is perfectly tender for a bride and groom’s slow walk back down the aisle.
My current favorite recessional song is “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. It has a fun late-60’s feel for a couple looking to surprise (and entertain) their guests. If I were to suggest something more classic or traditional, I would have to say “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” by James Taylor.
If you are on the hunt for the perfect exit song, think about what speaks to you and your fiance. Save “your song” for the first dance, but use a song that easily transitions your ceremony into party time. I suggest keeping it upbeat so your bridal party has an opportunity to dance a little back down the aisle, too.
Here are a few other song suggestions for your big day:
What are your favorite recessional songs? We’d love to hear!
Happy wedding planning y’all,
(photo provided by Caroline Fontenot Photographer)